By rudi flores
Rudi Flores’ “tango on guitar” is irreversibly tinged with folk tradition and endowed with a singular, sporadically gypsy-sounding rhythmic base. It brings to mind the rustic, brash tango of early days, which was backed by the ‘obstinate working guitar’ that Borges so liked. A primal form dating back to long before the bandoneon, glitter and spectacular manifestations came into the scene. Bare, embodied, blues-like tango, with some essential elements thrown in: late into the night, a guitar, a chair and a glass of red wine. The blues of the Rio de la Plata recalls everything it has absorbed in less than a century from the once close-by countryside and its numerous minstrels, myths and folklores. In Rudi Flores native land, it is called chamame. Known and acknowledged in Argentina, Rudi Flores has often been called on for recording sessions and tours by Melingo, Gotan Project and the like.